In some senses, Dr. You-Seong Kim envies music students who get to study at North Park. “Chicago is a perfect place to experience a myriad of musical performances ranging from world-class opera to small performance organizations,” she says. “When I was a student, I used to drive hundreds of miles with my friends to watch a concert at Lyric Opera or the Ravinia Festival.”
However, her appreciation for the North Park student experience goes beyond just Chicago’s concert scene. For Dr. Kim, vocation starts with faith. As an undergraduate, she met a pastor who encouraged her to “pursue the utmost spirituality and professionalism in her field,” and that became her motto. As she teaches applied voice and vocal pedagogy, Dr. Kim explores with students how faith interacts with the music they interpret, the words they sing, and the emotional strain of performance. She loves working in a setting where faith and learning can be integrated.
Students who work with Dr. Kim will benefit from her extensive, global performance experience. As a soprano, she has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and her native Korea with Florentine Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Korean National Opera Studio, University of Cincinnati Opera, Indiana University Opera Theatre, WDR-Rundfunkorchester Köln, and Kentucky Symphony.
Before coming to North Park in 2015, Dr. Kim spent eight years as full-time voice faculty at Ohio University, and she has served as a guest artist and clinician at American and Korean universities. In addition to teaching, Dr. Kim serves as head of North Park’s voice department and director of the master of music in vocal performance program. Dr. Kim believes that music changes lives, and aims to graduate not only music makers, but also music lovers.
Vocal Pedagogy, where students learn basic vocal physiology, acoustics, and teaching skills of voice lesson. We use a lot of anatomy images projected on the wall, work on some molded models, and a lot of hands-on approaches which enhance the excitement of learning the subject.
Dr. Kim likes composing songs, editing/arranging songs. She used to sing some praise/worship songs that she arranged with my friends when she was an undergraduate student in Seoul.